I’m finalizing the details for the upcoming Hip Hostess Event in Boston (January 15th) and thought I’d share one of my favorite “Stylish Entertaining on a Budget” tips with you today – which is the theme of the Boston event. Scrapbooking materials are a great resource for budget-friendly entertaining – and this extends way beyond […]

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Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I took a much-needed break from the computer for a few days, which was the best Christmas present ever – it’s amazing how different the world can look after a few good nights of sleep! Speaking of which… catch some extra zzz’s tonight and tomorrow night if you […]

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There’s something so inviting and “wintery” about the look of white chocolate, which makes it perfect for holiday treats! Here are a few yummy recipes links for all my fellow sweet tooth friends out there…ENJOY! Pictured above, clockwise from top left: • White Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake • White Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle […]

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There are some people that are creative with food, and then there are others that are just PURE GENIUS! Bakerella easily falls into the latter category – just take these ridiculously clever “Snow Globe Coca-Cola Cupcakes” for example, which she made from upside-down mini coke bottles, red baking cups, and lots of sweet stuff.  I […]

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Today on Simply Stated: celebrate the season with these delicious, hot cocktails… CHEERS!

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These fun snowmen-themed treats from BHG make me happy just looking at them…did you ever think a glass of milk could be even remotely this cute?! (top left image) Pictured above, clockwise from top left: “Look at Frosty Go” milk glasses (yes – those are powdered donut hole heads!), “Before I Melt Away” white chocolate […]

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***** Build a Bar at Home (Warning: Hangovers Ahead!) Hi! I’m Carley from TheNest.com, the spin-off home site from the folks at TheKnot.com (every bride’s wedding obsession). We recently came out with The Nest Home Design Handbook, a cool 101 on everything casa-related. I’m thrilled to be guest-blogging on HWTM about building a bar at […]

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Today in Entertaining 101 – check out a few scrumptious cake recipes – from bundt cakes to cheesecake and more! So grab a pan and spread some holiday cheer!

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This Peppermint Patty “hot toddy” from the Winter 2008 issue of The Nest looks absolutely de-lish! Perfect holiday “dessert cocktail” or signature drink idea for home parties like ornament/cookie exchanges. Read on for the full recipe…

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Calling all Choco-holics: BHG has a mouth-watering gallery up right now called “18 Luscious Chocolate Cookie Recipes“…need I say more?! Image #1: Chocolate PB Mini Sandwiches, Peanut Butter Munchies, Minty Cocoa Fudge Sandwich Cookies, Italian Chocolate-Spice Cookies. Image #2: *Chocolate Pillows and Chocolaty Caramel Thumbprints. *I’m thinking that anything called “Chocolate Pillows” is a must-try… […]

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Feel a Thanksgiving-day sweet tooth coming on? These fall-friendly treats would make for a very happy ending to any turkey-day meal… Pictured above: • Spiced Pumpkin Layer Cake (at top) • Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing • Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle • Walnut Tartlets (YUM!) Enjoy!

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Today over at Simply Stated: check out a list of 10 tempting Pumpkin Cocktails and Desserts for Thanksgiving!

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Looking for a fun way to warm up this season? This super easy – and super yummy – spiked cider recipe tastes like Hot Apple Pie…and is even better with whipped cream! {Full recipe after the jump}

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Can you believe we’re already mid-November?! Thanksgiving and Christmas are only weeks away! We’re working on a bunch of holiday content at HWTM right now… new Christmas/Holiday and New Year’s party themes, recipes, and gift guides are in the works… stay tuned! One thing I’m especially excited about is an extensive new Holiday Drink Guide […]

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Here’s another super cute idea from the brides.com Orange Crush wedding gallery, perfect for personalizing fall & winter weddings or showers: hot apple cider dressed up with personalized drink stirrers and a cinnamon stick. Serve this up in see-through coffee mugs, like these cool Irish Coffee Glasses from Crate & Barrel. ($2.95 each) To make […]

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Can you believe that the presidential election is tomorrow… finally?! I don’t know about you, but I feel like this election has been going on forever! Today on Simply Stated, check out a few ideas for election day cocktails that you can sip with friends while glued to the TV tomorrow night!

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I featured this “blood rimmed” martini glass on a local news channel here in San Diego a couple weeks ago and have had quite a few people inquire about how to recreate the glass garnish, so here are the directions for those of you who’d like to sip your martini “vampire style” this weekend! The […]

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Whether you’re hosting an official Halloween dinner party or just enjoying a casual meal with family on October 31st, why not add some magic to the evening by bringing a few tricks to the table! The October ’08 issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray has an article called “Tricks and Treats” that is just pure […]

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Ewww!!! Who’d have thought that 3 such innocent ingredients as lychee fruit, raspberry jam, and blueberries could come together for such a disturbing result!  But hey… when it comes to Halloween cocktails – the creepier the better, right? Right! Get the complete the Ghoul-Aid recipe and eyeball “how-to” after the jump…

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but it’s worth finding out…promise! Solve the mystery the answer after the jump!

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